UFC President Dana White won't be forcing fighters under his promotion to get vaccinated in order to compete inside of the Octagon.
White spoke with TSN's Aaron Bronsteter ahead of UFC 265 this week and was asked if he would implement similar rules that we've seen with the NFL forcing teams to forfeit games for potential COVID-19 outbreaks amongst unvaccinated players or states like New York requiring proof of vaccination to go into public businesses.
“I would never tell another human being what to do with their body," White said (h/t MMA News). "If you want to get vaccinated, that’s up to you. That’s your choice. You’re never gonna hear me say I’m gonna force people to get vaccinated. Never gonna happen. I think a lot of people are doing that. They’re telling you in New York you can’t go into a restaurant or a gym unless you’re vaccinated and can prove it and things like that. Some people are getting fired if they don’t get vaccinated. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen here. You wanna get vaccinated? Get vaccinated. If you don’t, that’s your decision, your body.”
Dana White does not plan to implement a policy similar to those in the NFL, which encourage athletes to get vaccinated: “I would never tell another human being what to do with their body.”— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) August 4, 2021
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